The Caribbean. Mention of the Caribbean brings to mind images of white sand beaches, exotic shores, pirates and colorful Rum cocktails. Cruise & Travel Depot knows the Caribbean. Each island has its own culture, history and activities – from the beautiful exotic temples of the Mayan Riviera, to the white sand beaches of Barbados and the Emerald Pool of Dominica. We strive to make sure that your Caribbean holiday is second to none.
Dotted with all-inclusive resorts, the choices are limitless. We have been to many of the destinations, and are pleased to share our knowledge to help you and your loved ones have a wonderful and unique experience. We have chosen to highlight some of our personal favorites.
“The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.”
– Christopher Columbus
Begin your journey at the cantinas of Cozumel, and Playa Del Carmen over homemade chips and salsa and a freshly made margarita before venturing to the interiors for a mind blowing walk through the remnants of the glorious Mayan civilization. Plaza Leza, our favorite restaurant on Cozumel Island, is a great place to start. Surf and sail, archeology and world-class resorts are all highlights of the Mayan Riviera. Arrive by cruise ship or airplane and begin to explore these exotic lands full of wonder and excitement. Chichen Itza, one of the wonders of the world, has captivated its visitors for centuries. Tours are available from Playa del Carmen, Costa Maya and Cozumel. In the center of Cozumel lie the ancient ruins of the temple of the moon, San Gervasio. Pilgrimages from all over the Yucutan proceeded for centuries until the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors; now it stands as a site of wonder and exploration for all its visitors. Let Cruise & Travel Depot be your guide to the wonders of Mexico.
The Jewel of the Caribbean. rich in culture, natural beauty and colonial history. Cartagena de Indias is the complete package. From the old walled city, which is a world heritage site, to the bustling and sprawling new city, Cartagena is a traveler’s delight. Accessible by plane or select cruise itineraries this is one destination not to be missed. Our man in Colombia, Roberto, took us on a wonderful adventure through history, showing us old and new, fresh coffee and a local meal that is still discussed to this day. We consider Cartagena to be our favorite stop in the Caribbean. You will not be disappointed!
Dominica, the Garden Isle, the Nature Isle. It does not take long on this green and beautiful island to figure out how it earned its name. Rainforests full of tropical fruits, and locally produced foodstuffs are among the finest in the world. Rich volcanic soil is the secret to it all. The Emerald Pool and the Boiling Lake are just the tip of the iceberg for this emerald in the Caribbean. Also accessible by both cruise ship and airplane, Dominica is an eco-traveler’s paradise. Collect clean, fresh and healthy mountain water, safe to drink right out of taps built into the mountainside, then stop at a local roadside fruit vendor to sample bananas that taste fresher than anything you have tried before. A short hike into the jungle and you will be at the stunning waterfalls of the Emerald Pool. Warm and friendly people stand by to make you trip to Dominica an experience you will never forget. Theirs is a small community of Carib Indians on the island, still there from the days of colonial conquest. Dominica will not disappoint and will dazzle all who visit her shores. Here you will find British and French influences, unique architecture and world-class resorts. This is off the beaten trail, and soon an expanded international airport will accommodate nonstop flights from the mainland United States. The waters of Dominica are rich with life. Whales and exotic species of fish appeal to the experienced and amateur scuba diver. 365 rivers cross the island. You will never run out of activities to delight the senses. Cruise & Travel Depot LLC is certified by the government of Dominica.
The easternmost of the Caribbean islands, Barbados is best known for its incredible beaches. While some are sheltered swimming beaches with vivid blue water, others on more exposed parts of the coastline provide an ideal environment to surf the roaring waves, an ever-popular pastime. The island is less mountainous than many of its Caribbean neighbors, but no less beautiful with its idyllic panorama of rolling hills reaching gracefully toward the ocean’s embrace. Many celebrities have homes in Barbados, as it’s a peaceful and tranquil place to escape from hustle and bustle. For all its notoriety as a dais of relaxation, Barbados is anything but sleepy. You can party into the wee hours at renowned jazz and reggae hotspots, or spend your days exploring the island’s natural wonders such as Harrison’s cave, which is actually a vast network of interconnected caverns with a gigantic underground waterfall that will take your breath away. Barbados is the birthplace of rum, a process dating back to sugar cane production in the 1640’s. A local guide can take you to visit the excavated ruins of an ancient rum distillery, followed by a rum-tasting tour. There are also many interesting historical sites, such as the Barbados Museum, St. James Parish Church (dedicated in 1696), Sir Frank Hutson Sugar Museum, and the Nidhe Israel Synagogue – built in 1654 and still operating as a Sephardic congregation and museum.
Divided into two distinct groups, the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, this spread of over 100 small islands forms a natural border between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The main islands feature a wide variety of shopping and entertainment for all ages. Sage Mountain National Park on the mountainous island of Tortola boasts the tallest peak in the island group. St. Maarten is a particularly interesting destination, in that it is split between the French and Dutch sides of the island, each with their own unique history and culture. It is well known for Maho Beach, a small beach at the end of the airport runway, where visitors revel in the thrill of airplanes roaring directly overhead as they come in to land. St. Maarten is also home to a lovely little zoo featuring many exotic mammals, reptiles and colorful aviaries full of native birds. United States citizens do not need a passport to enter the U.S. Virgin Islands.